Life Skills

 

Life Skills
The Life Skills Program at Southwest High School is a full-time (level IV/Federal setting III) program. The program serves 75 students in grades 9-12, ages 14-21 from throughout the school district. The mission of the program is to prepare students for the transition from school to adulthood. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary for success as an adult. 

Units of Study

The Life Centered Career Educational (L.C.C.F.) curriculum is used in place of the regular high school academic curriculum for most students. This curriculum covers for most students. This curriculum covers the five transition planning areas on the IEP which are Jobs and Job Training, Recreation and Leisure, Home Living, Community Participation, and Post-Secondary Training and Learning opportunities.

The main purpose of the program is to prepare students for independence after high school, particularly in the vocational/career area. This means that most students age 16 and in grade ten are scheduled for community based vocation training (CBVT) as a part of their school day. This is usually three hours per day in length and, for this reason, CBVT usually replaces elective and/or other mainstream classes.

Eligibility

Special Education students are referred for placement in a Life Skills program.

Assessment data, which addresses all areas listed below, is necessary to make an appropriate placement decision and to develop an Individualized Education plan (I.E.P.).

A. A history of special education services typically beginning in pre-school or early elementary grades.

B. Intellectual assessment viewed in conjunction with adaptive behavior data and other information, which support a full-time special education support structure and/or a primary emphasis on a functional curriculum.

C. Basic math, reading, writing, spelling skills typically below the 3rd grade level on a standardized test of academic achievement. Exceptions to this may apply for students with Autism.

D. Existence of a developmental disability, which suggests that a specialized learning environment with intensive support services emphasizing functional adult skills, is appropriate.

E. A medical diagnosis, when necessary to identify/support the student's primary disability.

F. Adaptive behavior functioning consistent with, or below, intellectual ability as measured by a standardized measure such as the Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (I.C.A.P.)

G. Social skills significantly discrepant from age/grade peers as measured by an instrument such as the Social Skills Rating System (S.S.R.S.)

H. Significant expressive and/or receptive language communication disorder.

I. Emotional and behavioral adjustment appropriate for an integrated school setting.

J. An expectation that the student will be disabled beyond the age of school enrollment.

Course Description

The Life Skills Program at Southwest High School is a full-time (level IV) special education program. The program serves 90 students in grades 9-12, ages 14-21 from throughout the school district. The mission of the program is to prepare students for the transition from school to adulthood. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary for success as an adult.

Units of Study

The Life Centered Career Educational (L.C.C.F.) curriculum is used in place of the regular high school academic curriculum for most students. This curriculum covers for most students. This curriculum covers the five transition planning areas on the IEP which are; Jobs and Job Training, Recreation and Leisure, Home Living, Community Participation, and Post-Secondary Training and Learning opportunities.

The main purpose of the program is to prepare students for independence after high school, particularly in the vocational/career area. This means that most students age 16 and in grade ten are scheduled for community based vocational training (CBVT) as a part of their school day. This is usually three hours per day in length and, for this reason, CBVT usually replaces elective and/or other mainstream classes